Alternative to what? Popular music studies

In this essay, the objective is to explain one of the popular music studies readings listed below using the
conceptual framework Thompson provides for the analytic process he calls “social contextualization of
symbolic forms.” Of course the assignment assumes and expects that the essay will at the same time
explain Thompson’s conceptual framework by using one of the listed popular music studies readings as
an example. Your job is to explain one way in which the author socially contextualizes the symbolic forms at issue in
the article you choose. Of course, “symbolic forms” does not just mean the tapes, records, posters,
magazines, clothing, and other meaningful objects. What these authors are contextualizing primarily are
practices—things that people do and say—that are organized around music.
Power is at the core of Thompson’s conceptual framework; his concepts (ideas, principles) are selected
and organized into a framework that enables us to discover how power works in the production and
reception of symbolic forms (for us, music and music-related practices). Social contextualization’s basic
idea is that our experiences of power have everything to do with our social contexts. How does Monnot,
Woloshyn, or Moore contextualize the practices they studied in order to help us understand how power
works in them?
Each of these authors tells a story about people and music and power. In no less than three and no more
that four double-spaced pages (standard font & margins), choose one example from the article that
captures and/or expresses the author’s main argument about power and social context, and
explain it using a relevant aspect of Thompson’s conceptual framework. Be specific and concrete. It
is really important to choose your example carefully, and even more important to choose a useful &
productive aspect of Thompson’s framework with which to explain that example.